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A Companion to Early Modern Philosophy

Steven Nadler (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-4050-8
672 pages
October 2007, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to Early Modern Philosophy is a comprehensive guide to the most significant philosophers and philosophical concepts of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe.


  • Provides a comprehensive guide to all the important modern philosophers and modern philosophical movements.
  • Spans a wide range of philosophical areas and problems, including metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science, ethics, political philosophy and aesthetics.
  • Written by leading scholars in the field.
  • Represents the most up-to-date research in the history of early modern philosophy.
  • Serves as an excellent supplement to primary readings.
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List of Contributors.

1. Introduction: Steven Nadler (University of Wisconsin-Madison).

Part I: The Seventeenth Century: The Continent:.

2. Aristotelianism and Scholasticism in Early Modern Philosophy: M. W. F. Stone (King's College, London).

3. Platonism and Philosophical Humanism on the Continent: Christia Mercer (Columbia University).

4. The New Science: Kepler, Galileo, Mersenne: Brian Baigrie (University of Toronto).

5. René Descartes: Michael Della Rocca (Yale University).

6. Pierre Gassendi: Margaret J. Osler (University of Calgary).

7. Blaise Pascal: Graeme Hunter (University of Ottawa).

8. Antoine Arnauld: Elmar J. Kremer (University of Toronto).

9. Johannes Clauberg: Jean-Christophe Bardout (Université de Brest).

10. Occasionalism: La Forge, Cordemoy, Geulincx: Jean-Christophe Bardout (Université de Brest).

11. Nicolas Malebranche: Tad M. Schmaltz (Duke University).

12. Dutch Cartesian Philosophy: Theo Verbeek (University of Utrecht).

13. Cartesian Science: Régis and Rohault: Dennis Des Chene (Emory University).

14. Robert Desgabets: Patricia A. Easton (Claremont Graduate University).

15. Grotius and Pufendorf: N. E. Simmonds (Corpus Christi College, Cambridge).

16. Baruch Spinoza: Steven Nadler (University of Wisconsin-Madison).

17. Pierre Bayle: Todd Ryan (Trinity College, CT).

18. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz: R. S. Woolhouse (University of York).

Part II: The Seventeenth Century: Great Britain:.

19. British Philosophy Before Locke: Jill Kraye (Warburg Institute, London).

20. Francis Bacon: Stephen Gaukroger (University of Sydney).

21. The Cambridge Platonists: Sarah Hutton (Middlesex University).

22. Thomas Hobbes: Tom Sorrell (University of Essex).

23. Robert Boyle: Lisa Downing (University of Illinois-Chicago).

24. John Locke: Edwin McCann (University of Southern California).

25. The English Malebrancheans: Stuart Brown (Open University).

26. Isaac Newton: Peter Kail (University of Edinburgh).

27. Women Philosophers in Early Modern England: Margaret Atherton (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee).

Part III: The Eighteenth Century: Great Britain:.

28. Earl of Shaftesbury: Gideon Yaffe (University of Southern California).

29. George Berkeley: Charles McCracken (Michigan State University).

30. Frances Hutcheson: Elizabeth S. Radcliffe (Santa Clara University).

31. Bernard Mandeville: Harold J. Cook (University College, London).

32. David Hume: Marina Frasca-Spada (St. Catherine's College, Cambridge).

33. Adam Smith: Samuel Fleischacker (University of Illinois-Chicago).

34. Thomas Reid: Ronald E. Beanblossom (Ohio Northern University).

Part IV: The Eighteenth Century: The Continent:.

35. German Philosophy After Leibniz: Martin Schönfeld (University of South Florida).

36. Giambattista Vico: Donald Phillip Verene (Emory University).

37. Aesthetics Before Kant: Ted Kinnaman (George Mason University).

38. Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Patrick Riley (University of Wisconsin-Madison).

39. Voltaire: Gary Gutting (University of Notre Dame).

40. Moses Mendelssohn: Daniel O. Dahlstrom (Boston University).

Index.

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Steven Nadler is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is also the director of the Center for the Humanities. He is author of Arnauld and the Cartesian Philosophy of Ideas (1989), Malebranche and Ideas (1992), Spinoza: A Life (1999), and Spinoza's Heresy (2002).
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  • Provides a comprehensive guide to all the important early modern philosophers and early modern philosophical movements, ranging from Hobbes, Hume and Rousseau to Dutch Cartesian philosophy and women philosophers in early modern England

  • Spans a wide range of philosophical areas and problems, including metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science, ethics, political philosophy and aesthetics

  • Written by leading scholars in the field

  • Represents the most up-to-date research in the history of early modern philosophy

  • Serves as an excellent supplement to primary readings
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“Produced by a roster of highly qualified experts, this comprehensive account of the early modern period breaks new ground and covers old ground in a new and useful way. It should be consulted by almost anyone working in the field.” Thomas M. Lennon, University of Western Ontario

“Early modern philosophy has become a rather complicated domain in recent years, as scholars have delved deeper into the period and unearthed more and more philosophers and texts. Steven Nadler's Companion is the perfect guide to this new world. Its forty chapters by a group of internationally distinguished authors give students and scholars a solid introduction to a wide variety of figures. It will help shape the way scholarship is done in the coming years.” Daniel Garber, University of Chicago

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